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Ofsted Inspection of Abbey Hill Academy & Sixth Form

15th July 2015

Two years ago Abbey Hill School and Technology College became an Academy as part of Horizons Specialist Academy Trust – a multi academy trust providing specialist education to children and young people with special educational needs.

On 24th June, Ofsted inspectors came to spend two days in the Academy – its first inspection since gaining academy status.

Their report, which has just been published, paints a very positive picture of Abbey Hill’s performance and its contribution to improving the education of the children and young people for whom it is responsible.All aspects of the academy’s provision were rated as “good” – with the Sixth Form being rated as “outstanding.”

Ofsted inspectors also noted:

  • “The ambitious leadership of the chief executive, together with the effective support of the Academy’s Principals, other leaders, and Board of Directors…”
  • “Students who attend the Academy’s nurture groups often make outstanding progress in their social and emotional skills.”
  • “Students’ good progress reflects the good quality of teaching they receive.”
  • “The Academy’s work to keep students safe and secure is outstanding.”
  • “Provision in the sixth form is outstanding.As a result of outstanding teaching, students’ achievement is excellent.”
  • “The knowledgeable and skilled Board of Directors makes a commendable contribution to the vision, direction and leadership of the Academy.”

Commenting on the report, Elizabeth Horne, Chief Executive of HSAT, said:

“Both the two Principals –Rebecca Whelan and Melanie Lyons – share my delight that the good work done by staff at all levels is recognised and applauded in this report.The report is even more impressive as Ofsted continues to “raise the bar” in terms of measuring teaching and learning.This is about more than simply getting a good Ofsted inspection outcome – important though that is.Above all, it’s about seeking continuous improvement and pursuing excellence for the benefit of our students and their families.We will not be resting on our laurels.There is more to do and we will do it across all our academies.”

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